Adult Courses

A fascinating range of courses for adult learners is set to launch in January. Everything from Creative Writing to Russian, so take a look below and see what might be for you. Further down this page you will also find out how Covid-19 is being handled with regards to the adult courses as well as find all our key documents and guidance.

HOW TO APPLY

  • To secure a place on the course – or for more information – please call 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk 
  • Once you have applied for a course you will receive any additional information you have asked for and then be asked for a £15 deposit.
Adult courses starting in January

Course Starts: Tuesday 19 January                 

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                                               

Fee: £100

Course dates

January 19, 26

February 2, 9

February 16 no class  (college half term)

February 23

March  2, 9, 16, 23

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is a chance to find and develop your own writing voice.  Perhaps you want to write that bestseller or have a go at some poetry?  Maybe non-fiction is more your thing?  Or do you just want to have fun with words and make some new friends with similar interests?  Whatever the reason, this is your opportunity to develop a new, highly creative skill.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will cover a range of writing techniques, including poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction writing.  You will have time to practise writing skills you already have and to experiment with different styles and forms in a safe, reassuring environment which will help your confidence as a writer to grow.  You will quickly discover what kinds of writing suit you best and find your ‘voice’.  If you have already started on your writing journey you will be supported to develop and strengthen your skills.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to writing creatively (or wanting to practise alongside like-minded people).  It is ideal for both new writers and anyone who has already “had a go” as your tutor will tailor the tasks for your level of experience.

  • Anyone who has always had an interest in writing but hasn’t had the confidence to do anything about it.
  • Anyone who fancies trying something different, challenging and imaginative.
  • Anyone who has does some writing and would like a group of writers to share ideas with.
  • Anyone who has a potential bestselling novel in them and isn’t quite sure how to bring it out!
  • A potential poet or writer of creative non-fiction.
  • Anyone who wants to know how to get their work published or is interested in entering writing competitions.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  The course will cover basic writing techniques in a number of different styles.  You will get the opportunity to focus on what you are interested in and be able to share your writing with others in a safe space.  Your writing, and your confidence as a writer, will improve as a result.

We are able to offer a follow-on course for writers who wish to continue developing their skills in a supportive environment.

Your tutor can also deliver a course on writing for children, so if this is of interest please let us know.

 

Who will teach you?

Karen Kendrick.

Karen is a qualified English teacher whose true passion is writing.  She has always loved writing and in 2014, after spending a few years looking after her children, decided to follow her dream and undertake an MA in Creative Writing (Experiment & Innovation).

Since then she has had several short stories published by Bridge House publishing, has written a novel and has a writing blog.

Karen is passionate not only about her own writing but also about helping fellow writers to achieve their own dreams.

Course Starts: Tuesday 19 January         

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length: 9 weeks                          

Fee: £100

Course dates

January 19, 26

February 2, 9

February 16 no class (college half term)

February 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Have you previously thought about learning German but never really found the motivation?  Whether you travel abroad, or have German friends or work contacts, or just want to keep your brain active, this is your opportunity!  The course is designed for beginners and will guide you step by step, allowing you to progress at a steady pace and enjoy your learning.

Did you know that………..?

The German language is widely spoken throughout both western and eastern Europe (Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic)

German people love to travel as well – so if you work in hospitality or the tourist industry, you may well meet German-speaking clients.

German is the second most popular language in science and research and is widely used by international companies in many industries.

German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.  If you are a fan of classic literature and music you might aspire to read pieces in their original language.

Studies have shown that learning a language develops our concentration, problem solving and planning skills. Moreover, learning a language at any age prevents and delays brain aging.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will introduce you to the basic grammar of the language and give you the confidence to communicate with simple questions and answers in German by listening and talking regularly in German.

The content will include a variety of situations in everyday life so that you can:

  • Introduce yourself and your family
  • Share your contact details
  • Have a simple conversation
  • Talk about your preferences and hobbies
  • Ask for prices
  • Tell the time and days of the week
  • Ask for information e.g. about museums and tickets
  • Arrange a hotel room reservation
  • Order food
  • Ask for directions
  • Organise a trip e.g. buy travel tickets
  • Express preferences
  • Write emails

 

During the lesson you will practice your speaking and listening skills by listening to short dialogues and by participating in speaking activities with your peers.

 

The tutor will also be able to help you explore aspects of German culture such as festivals, food, drinks and music. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents can be tailored to the group wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone at any age who enjoys a new challenge and is not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes can make learning fun!
  • Anyone who is interested in learning to speak German – whether as a hobby, as a goal to communicate with locals whilst travelling or for even bigger aims!
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn German in even more depth following the introduction course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim is to step into the German language and build upon your skills week by week. However, if you enjoy this you might wish to continue the challenge with our progression course.

 

Who will teach you?

Vasiliki Korfiati. Vasiliki is a qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.  She specialises in German Literature and Language. She is experienced with teaching young students and adults and loves the power of languages and its effects on our personality. She believes that anyone has the ability and potential for learning a language given a supportive environment in the classroom.  Vasiliki has also completed a Master’s in Translation Studies, which has enhanced her knowledge of linguistics.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 19 January         

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  8 weeks                          

Fee:  £90

Course dates

January 19, 26

February 2, 9

February 16 no class (college half term)

February 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course offers an overview into what philosophy is, how it works, what claims it can make, and what claims it can refute.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

After looking at philosophy as an idea, the course examines epistemology, or the nuts and bolts of thinking, which help provide the tools for philosophical reflection.

The course then applies those tools to metaphysics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion and lastly, philosophical thought about the environment.

 

Who will this course suit?

Anyone who wants an overview of philosophical thinking will find this course instructive. No prior knowledge of philosophy is necessary for this course: only an inquiring mind unsatisfied with pat answers to complex problems.

Each evening runs as a guided discussion and is accompanied with images and suggestions for further reading.  Extensive notes will be provided during the course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course.

 

Who will teach you?

The sessions will be led by Dr Bill Cooke, MA (Hons), PG Dip Social Sciences (Distinction), PG Dip Humanities (Distinction), TTC, PhD.

Born in Kenya and raised in New Zealand, Bill Cooke teaches philosophy and religious studies at Priestley College in Warrington. He is president of the Warrington Literary and Philosophical Society and convenor of the Warrington chapter of Philosophy in Pubs. Cooke is the author of seven books, the latest being The Story of Warrington: The Athens of the North.

Course Starts: Monday 18 January                       

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length: 9 weeks                                                              

Fee £100

Course dates

January 18, 25

February 1, 8

February 15 no class  (college half term)

February 22

March   1, 8, 15, 22

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Do you enjoy spending time in Greece?  Would you like to be able to speak a little of the language, and to read the beautiful Greek letters?  Whether you travel abroad, or have Greek friends or work contacts, or just want to keep your brain active, this is your opportunity!  The course is designed for beginners and will guide you step by step, allowing you to progress at a steady pace and enjoy your learning.

Did you know that………..?

“It’s all Greek to me”. Actually, not, because you use Greek words more often than you think; school, program, system, method, sceptic, enthusiasm, eccentric, gastronomy are a few to name.

The Greek language has the longest history of any Indo-European language.

It has influenced the western Indo-European languages and cultures in terms of science, art, literature and philosophy.

Studies have shown that learning a language develops our concentration, problem solving and planning skills. Moreover, learning a language at any age prevents and delays brain aging.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will introduce you to the basic structure of the language by listening and talking regularly in Greek.  You will gain the confidence to communicate with simple questions and answers.

The content will include a variety of everyday situations in everyday life so that you can:

Introduce yourself and your family

Order food

Ask for directions

Organise a trip eg buy travel tickets

Have a simple conversation

 

The tutor will also be able to help you explore aspects of Greek culture such as festivals, food, drinks and music. Depending on the weekly progression of the class the speed and contents can be tailored to the group wishes and needs.

 

Who will this course suit?

  • Anyone at any age who enjoys a new challenge and is not afraid to make mistakes – mistakes can make learning fun!
  • Anyone who is interested in learning to speak Greek – whether as a hobby, as a goal to communicate with locals whilst travelling or for even bigger aims!
  • Anyone wanting to meet other people with the same interest.
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn Greek in more depth following the introduction course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an informal course. The aim of the course is to step into the Greek language and build upon your skills week by week. However, if you enjoy the challenge you might wish to continue with a progression course.

 

Who will teach you?

Vasiliki Korfiati. Vasiliki is a Greek native qualified teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.  She is experienced with teaching young students and adults and loves the power of languages and its effects on our personality. She believes that anyone has the ability and potential for learning a language given a supportive environment in the classroom.  Vasiliki has also completed a Master’s in Translation Studies, which has enhanced her knowledge of linguistics.

Course Starts:   Monday 18 January          

Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                          

Fee   £100

Course dates

January     18, 25

February 1, 8

February 15 no class (college half term)

February 22

March 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

 

Why take this course?

Did you know that…..

  • The Russian language is spoken by more than 260 million people around the world?

It is not only the state language of Russia, but is also widely used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, the Balkans, Ukraine, Armenia and the USA.

Russia is the 8th most used spoken language in the world, and one of the six official and working languages of the United Nations.

  • A large part of Russian culture can be discovered through its literature, music, ballet and cinema art?

Alexandr Pushkin and Lev Tolstoy, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Serge Diaghilev, Rudolf Nureyev and Maya Plisetskaya… you have a chance to learn more about the Russian contribution to the world’s cultural treasures, by these geniuses and many other people.

If you’ve dreamed of visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg, imagined yourself crossing Red Square or walking through the Winter Palace, this is the perfect opportunity for you to start learning the language.  No prior knowledge of Russian is required, all beginners are welcome.

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What are the key topics we will cover?

By the end of this course, your tutor hopes that:

  • You will be able to communicate in basic everyday situations including
  • Greetings
  • Daily routine
  • Finding your way
  • Telling the time
  • Making simple purchases
  • Ordering a meal

 

  • You will be able to understand very simple oral and written texts.

 

  • You will have gained an insight into Russian-speaking life, culture and society.

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to an introduction to this beautiful language and the Russian culture.  No previous experience is needed and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest. The tutor offers continuation courses for those who wish to continue their studies.

 

Who will teach you?

Iryna Bogdanova-Spittle.  Iryna is a native Russian-speaking tutor.  She has a passion for languages and culture (especially Russian!).  Iryna holds a BA degree, and is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.  She believes that high-quality teaching and learning must be interesting, engaging and above all enjoyable for students and tutors alike.

Taking step 2 in the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Tuesday 19 January         

Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  9 weeks                          

Fee:  £100

Course dates

January 19, 26

February 2, 9

February 16 no class (college half term)

February 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will boost your confidence when speaking in Spanish, whether purely for fun at home and with friends, or to communicate with locals on holiday.  It is ideal if you have already taken our “Survive in Spanish” course or have learned a few basics somewhere else and want to improve.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will build on what you already know (basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers, vocabulary used when shopping, ordering food and drink, talking about the weather).  You will practise using different tenses so that you can talk about what’s happening now, what happened in the past and what you expect or hope to happen in the future.  Discussion of holidays, holiday homes, careers and leisure time will add to your vocabulary as you work through the course.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in improving their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Step 4 in the Spanish language.

Course Starts: Monday 18 January                       

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length: 9 weeks                                                              

Fee £100

Course dates

January 18, 25

February 1, 8

February 15 no class  (college half term)

February 22

March 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will consolidate your current knowledge of the Spanish language but will also increase your Spanish vocabulary and ability to manipulate the tenses.  It is ideal if you have already completed our “Even more confident in Spanish” course (course 3).

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will revise vocabulary and grammar from the previous courses as well as building on what you already know. The Present, Past and Future Tenses will be revisited and your ability to manipulate them will be developed. You will also be introduced to radical changing verbs and even some basic Subjunctive phrases! You will revisit the topics of “Me, My Family and Friends”, “Free-time Activities” and “Where you live” whilst covering them in far greater depth.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in continuing to improve their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who is interested in continuing to master Spanish grammar and simply wants to keep learning!
  • Anyone who is definitely not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who is interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth.

If you are new to our college and want to check whether this step 4 course is for you, please enquire. It may be possible to do the course if you have recently completed course 2 with the tutor Vikki (“Feel more confident in Spanish”).  We will forward enquiries to her and she will advise which course is appropriate for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course in Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of this course is to become increasingly confident whilst speaking Spanish and to obtain a greater understanding of how the Spanish language works.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Love it or loathe it, we all need to be able to get online.  Covid-19 has made it even more important to be able to access to the internet and use IT with confidence.

We are planning courses to help you learn new IT skills or develop those you already have.  To help us plan, please let us know what you would like to learn. This check-list might help you to identify your needs.

Can you:

Use a mouse and keyboard?

Use the internet to search for information?

Send emails?

Produce simple text documents eg letters?

Save documents on the computer so you can find them again?

Print documents?

Produce a document that includes pictures and tables?

Use a simple spreadsheet?

Download information to your computer?

Listen to sound eg music on your computer?

Watch videos eg youtube?

Use on-line meetings eg Zoom?

Log in to sites to manage your money eg internet banks, benefits accounts?

Keep your personal information safe?

 

Is there anything else you would like to learn?

 

Do you have:

A home PC

A laptop

A tablet

A printer

A good internet connection

 

How will the course run?

Covid-19 makes it impossible to predict exactly how a course will run, as we must be flexible and conform with government guidelines.  However we would run the course in college, with face-to-face teaching as far as possible.  We are able to run our courses on-line but this is not practical for students who need more guidance from a tutor.

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This will be an informal course.  The aim is to improve your IT skills and build your confidence.  However, we are investigating courses which do lead to qualifications and hope to offer these in the future.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course and let us know what you would like to learn.

Use the check-list above, or the online form below if you know how to.  Remember to include your name and contact details.

Download feedback form for IT course

Functional Skills courses

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Course Starts:   September

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee:  £400 plus exam fees, approx. £40

 

Concessions are available for some students, please enquire.

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest or book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This GCSE (Level 2) course covers many aspects of biology. It is an intensive one-year course for mature students who require a qualification for career development or who have an interest in the sciences.

 

Are there any entry requirements?

Yes.  To be enrolled onto this course you should have gained a grade C (new 4) in maths at GCSE or a level 2 Functional Skills maths qualification.  If you do not already have either of these qualifications you should be working towards one of them.  We will require evidence of qualification or enrolment on an appropriate maths course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Topics 1–4: Cell biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Bioenergetics

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response

Inheritance, variation and evolution

Ecology

You will also carry out practical work, and will keep a record book of 12 required practical tasks.  You may be examined on any of this practical work as part of the written papers.

 

Who will this course suit?

It is particularly useful for future nurses and primary school teachers who do not already possess a level 2 qualification in Science.  All adult learners (16+) with an appropriate maths qualification are eligible to take the course.  Note that there are fees for this course, with remissions available to some applicants.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

Yes.  The course leads to the AQA GCSE Biology (8461).  Details of the specification are to be found on the AQA website:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

The new GCSE grade system will apply ie grades 1-9, with 9 being the highest level of achievement.

Most adult learners study for the Foundation tier.  The course content includes material for both Foundation and Higher tier.  Your tutor will assess your work and recommend the appropriate level for you to enter.  At Foundation level the grades achievable are 1-5.  At Higher level the highest grade awarded is 9.

 

How will the course be assessed?

There are two examinations, which must be taken in the daytime at College. Provisional dates are Wednesday 19 May 2021 (paper 1) and Monday 14 June 2021 (paper 2).  Your tutor will advise you of dates as soon as these are confirmed, as you may need to book time off work.

Examination component Time Contribution to the final mark

Biology 1: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

Biology 2: Written exam

Foundation and Higher Tier

Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

 

50% of GCSE

 

 

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Course Starts:   September

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

English is a qualification requested and highly regarded by many employers.  It is very important for those wishing to go on to study higher-level courses at college and university.  Priestley College offers the AQA 8700 GCSE qualification, which will strengthen your reading, writing and oral communication skills and enhance your CV.  The course provides the opportunity to study writing techniques and use these to help you develop your own ability to write with clarity and imagination.  You will also take part in speaking and listening activities to develop both your presentation and discussion skills.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D (new 3) in GCSE English or a Level 2 in Functional Skills English.

If you do not have either of these qualifications, you must complete our pre-course initial assessment:

https://www.priestley.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2021-GCSE-English-Pre-course-Assessment.pdf

Alternatively contact us on 01925 624455 or by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to request the assessment task.

The assessment must be hand-written and returned to Anne McGrath at the college by Tuesday 1 September 2020. We will then be able to advise you whether the GCSE course is suitable for you.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

Development of the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods.

Develop the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

Develop the skills needed to prepare and deliver a short presentation, on which you will be asked questions.

Details of the curriculum are available on the AQA website, at:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glance

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their reading, writing and oral communication skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  You should be prepared to work independently at home between classes.  This will include reading a variety of texts, some of which may be unfamiliar to you.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

100% exam assessed.

There will be two 1hr 45 minute exams assessing writing and reading.  Each exam makes up 50% of the final grade.

These exams will take place at Priestley College during the day.  Provisional dates are Monday 7 June (paper 1) and Friday 10 June (paper 2), to be confirmed by the exam board.

You will also be assessed on your spoken language.  This will also take place in college but will probably be in place of one of your timetabled classes.  You will prepare a 5 minute presentation and then answer questions from the class or teacher on that topic.  You will be awarded a grade of pass, merit, distinction or fail.

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Course Starts: September

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 30 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

GCSE Mathematics is still one of the most recognisable and desirable qualifications enabling access to higher education and for career progression.  The course will also benefit any learner who has not previously achieved a grade C/4 and would like to refresh their skills in mathematics.

It is a 30-week course of 2.5 hours per week, but learners must be prepared to spend at least another 2 hours weekly on further study.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained a Grade D/3 in GCSE Maths or a Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths.

If you do not have either of these qualifications, you will need to complete a pre-course initial assessment.  We will hold an assessment evening in college on Tuesday 1 September 2020.  Assessment will take about 2 hours.  Please ring 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book an assessment.

 

COSTS:

This course is free for anyone who does not already have maths GCSE grade C/3.

You will be required to have a scientific calculator and some mathematical instruments, which will normally cost less than £10. You may wish to buy your own text book: Suggested books will be detailed in the first session.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course is split into four sections:

 

  • Number, which includes whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages.
  • Statistics and Probability, which includes collection, organisation and presentation of data and the probability of events happening or not happening.
  • Algebra, which includes graphs and the use of algebra in equations and formulae.
  • Shape and Space, which includes perimeter, area and volume, angle properties and properties of shapes.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is for learners who narrowly failed GCSE Mathematics at their last attempt or who have achieved Level 2 Functional Skills Maths.

This is an intensive course and you must be able to commit to attending every week as well as doing work at home.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION IS AWARDED?

The final qualification is a GCSE in Mathematics awarded by Edexcel, specification 1MA1.  We follow the Foundation syllabus, which means the highest grade achievable is a 5.

 

HOW WILL IT BE ASSESSED?

There are 3 exam papers:  One is a non-calculator paper and two calculator papers which assess all the topics studied. Each paper is a 1 hour 30 minutes exam.

Marks from the 3 papers are combined to give the final grade.

Please note that the three final exams take place during the day at Priestley College in May and June 2021.  Provisional dates are Wednesday 25 May, Tuesday 8 June and Tuesday 15 June.  If you are unable to attend on an exam date you should not enrol.

Note that this course started in September 2020.  We will only take new students whose skills are at an appropriate level to start at this late stage, and are able to catch up on missed work through independent work.

If we do accept you as a late starter, you will need to show significant progress in the first six weeks of attendance to remain enrolled on the course.

 

Leading to Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Started: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional English course is designed to give adults the English skills needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.  The classes are run by highly experienced tutors who are trained to motivate and support you as an adult student.

Functional Skills English is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The qualifications have developed in response to employers’ perceptions that more relevant English skills are needed in the workplace in order to achieve personal success.

Functional English in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

You will work at a level which is most appropriate to you based on an initial assessment.

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills English, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not have this qualification please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk ) to discuss your needs, as you may need to complete our pre-course assessment:

https://www.priestley.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2021-Functional-English-pre-course-assessment-2020.pdf

Pre-course assessments should be completed and returned to Anne McGrath at Priestley College before Tuesday 1 September.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The qualification is divided into 3 units, which can be claimed individually but do not entitle you to certificates.  You need to achieve all 3 units before you can receive the full award.

The units are:

  • Speaking and listening.

This will include discussion and presentation skills

  • Reading
  • Writing

The content of each unit is selected to be relevant, practical and topical. The units are interwoven so you will gain maximum benefits from developing reading, writing and speaking and listening skills simultaneously.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP), which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to brush up their English skills and needs a nationally recognised qualification to further their career or to “keep up with the children” at school.  We will expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

 

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional English courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE English.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional English as part of any other course with another provider.

Please note that this course is not suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  We can refer you to local ESOL providers. It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will include an “initial assessment”, which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

In order to gain your qualification, you will be required to take a timed test for both the Reading and the Writing units.  These are paper-based and take place in your usual class time.  Your tutor will arrange test sessions as appropriate throughout the year.

The Speaking and Listening units are assessed by your tutor during designated classes, where you will be expected to take part in discussions.  At level 2 you will also be assessed on a presentation to your class.  Exam requirements are that the speaking and listening assessments are recorded on video.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Note that this course started in September 2020.  We will only take new students whose skills are at an appropriate level to start at this late stage, and are able to catch up on missed work through independent work.

If we do accept you as a late starter, you will need to show significant progress in the first six weeks of attendance to remain enrolled on the course.

 

Leading to Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 and/or Level 2

 

Course Starts:   Monday 14 September 2020

Time: 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  approx. 32 weeks

Fee: Free to those who do not already have a grade C/4 at GCSE (subject to funding regulations)

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

Note that a pre-course assessment may be required for this course.  See Entry Requirements.

 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

The Functional Skills maths course is designed to help you to update your skills, fill a gap on your CV if you missed out on a GCSE qualification, to give you the confidence to support your child at school or just prove that you can do maths.

Functional Skills Maths is a nationally recognised qualification which stands alone or can help you to access the GCSE course.  The classes are run by highly experienced adult tutors who are trained to motivate and support you through this subject which some adults can find a little daunting.

Functional Maths in the evening is offered at Level 1 and Level 2:

Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D-G (1-3 new grades).

Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE A-C (4 – 9 new grades).

 

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  To be enrolled automatically onto this course you should already have gained Entry Level 3 in Functional Skills Maths, or equivalent.  Students who have achieved Entry 3 will work towards Level 1.  Students who have achieved Level 1 will work towards Level 2.

If you do not meet these requirements please contact us (01925 624455 or adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk) as you may need to complete a pre-course assessment.  We will be holding an assessment evening on Tuesday 1 September but you should contact us to discuss and book.

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY TOPICS IT WILL COVER?

The course covers 3 main areas:

  • Number skills:

Fractions, percentages, decimals

To develop your number skills you will practise doing calculations without a calculator.  When you have mastered paper-based methods you will use a calculator to check answers and eventually to carry out more difficult calculations.

  • Measurement, shape and space:

Metric and imperial measurements

Perimeter, area and volume

Angles and bearings

  • Handling data:

Graphs, charts and tables

Averages

These skills are all applied to solve problems in practical, everyday scenarios.

Your tutor will assess what skills you already have in each of these areas, and plan your learning according to your needs.  Your progress will be recorded in an individual learning plan (ILP) which is completed by yourself and your tutor.

 

WHO WILL THE COURSE SUIT?

You must have a desire and an ambition to gain a maths qualification.  You will need to be committed to your own learning.  We expect you to attend every session and to practise what you have learned between classes, in order to maintain your new skills.

You will not be eligible to enrol on Functional Maths courses if:

  • You already have a grade C (4) or higher in GCSE Maths.
  • You are already doing a full time course with another provider or doing Functional Maths as part of any other course with another provider, or you are on an apprenticeship.

Please note that this course may not be suitable for adults who do not have English as their first language.  It is not suitable for adults who have moderate or severe learning difficulties.

 

IS THERE A QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

Yes.  You will work towards a Certificate in Functional Maths at Level 1 or Level 2.  Your tutor will provide you with information, advice and guidance about the most suitable qualification and level after your first session.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Your first session will be an assessment session (initial assessment) which will allow us to ensure that you are on the right level for this course and that the course is suitable for you.

Throughout the course your tutor will give you regular feedback on completed work, which should include homework and practice assessments when appropriate.  You will also use your individual learning plan to assess your own progress each week and at the end of each half term.

Formal Functional Skills Maths assessments (exams) consist of 2 papers.  A short non-calculator paper (25 mins) will test your number skills.  This will be followed by a longer calculator paper (1 hour 30 mins) which will test your ability to solve problems.

Your tutor will arrange test sessions for your class as appropriate.  Tests are usually taken in your regular class time and place.  Your tutor will give you plenty of notice so that you can make arrangements.

 

If your attendance falls below 80% and you do not catch up on the work you have missed, we reserve the right to withdraw you from the final examination.

Pre-course assessments 2019 / 2020

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

GCSE English

You must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.

GCSE English Assessment

 

GCSE Maths

You must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

GCSE Biology

You must already have a Maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

Functional Maths and English

For Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

We know that many of our adult students sign up for our evening classes to meet and spend time with others with similar interests.  We therefore intend to run our adult evening classes in college as far as possible, with tutors giving face-to-face tuition as usual. The course that will be available in January will be released soon.

However, in this autumn term we were asked to run the last few weeks of our leisure courses online during national lockdown.  This has worked well, to the satisfaction of our students, most of whom were pleased to continue with their studies.  We are confident that all our tutors can deliver courses that will be enjoyed by their students, whether face-to-face or online.

We do need to hold the first session of any course here in the college. This is so that all students can complete the enrolment process and be given log-in details for the college systems, after which they will be able to access the Google Classrooms we use for blended learning.  The start dates given on the course profiles are therefore provisional, as they will depend on any further lockdowns.

Please note we will only refund any fees paid if we cancel a course.  As the courses are now designed to be accessible online, students cannot claim a refund if they enrol but later decide that they do not wish to complete for any reason. To get the most of any Google classes which might be necessary, students will need their own laptop/tablet with audio and webcam, and good internet access.

For the first time, we will be asking students to pay a deposit of £15 to register a firm interest in a particular course.  We will not commit to running the course until enough people have paid this payment.  If we are then unable to run the course for any reason then the deposit will be refunded but will otherwise be non-refundable.

 

Protection of staff and students

We ask that all students in evening classes wear a face mask or lightweight visor.  Students sit a minimum of 1.5m apart unless they are in the same social bubble eg family members.  Doors and a window are left open to ensure good ventilation.  Hand-sanitiser and sanitising spray are provided in all classrooms and in the corridors.

 

You can view the Adult Course Guide here > Adult Course Guide 2020 2021

To ask a question or to express an interest in adult education at Priestley College, please email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk or fill out the online form.

Information and Documents

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

National Careers Service

Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Welcome to adult courses + term dates

Adult Learner Handbook

Adult Course Guide 2020

Fees Policy for 2019-20